Covid outbreak grows hours after promising update

Tom Flanagan and Ash Cant
·3-min read

Another locally acquired coronavirus case has emerged in Western Australia.

WA Health has confirmed the new Covid case is a male aged in his 40s, who got tested yesterday.

WA Health confirmed the case just hours after Premier Mark McGowan revealed there had been no additional community cases after a woman's infection identified to reporters on Friday.

Though the woman's case was reported on Friday, her case was reflected in Saturday's numbers, along with a returned traveller.

That woman in her 40s was a close contact of a 54-year-old man who completed quarantine in Perth, but later tested positive for the virus in Melbourne after spending several days in the Perth community whilst infectious.

Shoppers head to the supermarkets as Perth and Peel was plunged into a three-day lockdown. Source: AAP
Shoppers head to the supermarkets as Perth and Peel was plunged into a three-day lockdown. Source: AAP

His case has been included in Victoria's figures. It is understood he acquired the virus inside hotel quarantine at the Mercure Hotel.

The identification of the virus in the community prompted Mr McGowan to send Perth and the Peel area into a snap, three-day lockdown, beginning midnight on Friday. 

The latest case visited one of 17 exposure sites the man had gone to in the Perth area.

"The person presented for a Covid-19 test yesterday as they had attended one of the locations visited by the confirmed Covid-19 Victorian case, and the related local case," WA Health said.

"The person is now working closely with the Department’s contact tracing team to determine public exposure sites."

WA Health has listed several exposure sites on its website and says a case contracted the virus in a restaurant.

"As a result, all restaurants where cases have dined-in are of higher risk," WA Health said.

There are five restaurants WA Health has highlighted on its website as 'higher risk':

  • Northbridge, City China Garden on April 20 between 5pm & 8pm.

  • Northbridge, Good Fortune Roast Duck House on April 19 between 5pm & 8pm

  • Northbridge, Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant on April 18 between 5.30pm & 7pm

  • Kardinya, Kitchen Inn, April 18 between 12pm and 2pm.

  • East Victoria Park, Anything La Corner on April 17 between 5:30pm and 8pm

"If you have attended a site listed as requiring 14-days quarantine, you must get tested and complete the full 14-days self-quarantine – regardless of your result," WA Health said.

Of the other locations listed on the WA Health website, you are to get tested and remain at home until you receive a negative result.

"Even if you have not visited one of the locations, if you have symptoms, get tested and self-isolate until you get your result," WA Health said. 

"Do not be complacent. It is imperative you always follow the public health instructions."

A snap three-day lockdown is underway in metropolitan Perth and the Peel region, due to the initial locally acquired cases. 

At this stage, the lockdown will be lifted at midnight on Monday.

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